Psychiatry Associates Blog

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children: Signs & Treatment

Watching your child struggle and feeling unable to help them is among the most heartbreaking experiences any parent endures, but it’s a feeling that every parent is sure to encounter at some point.  It may be the loss of a loved one, a breakup, or a dream that is dashed.  However, despite how difficult they may be to witness, most parents understand that these types of problems will improve given time.  In the case of mental health disorders, there often is no such silver lining.  When problems like obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) arise in children, parents may not understand the condition or how to address it, finding themselves in completely uncharted territory.

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Normal Teenage Defiance or Oppositional Defiance Disorder?

Parents are often heard lamenting the approach of their child’s teen years, as they envision sullen, defiant children who are attempting to find their own identities and separate themselves from their parents.  Undoubtedly, a certain level of defiance is to be expected from children, particularly during these formative years.  However, there are instances in which parents find their teen’s behavior to be so extreme that they wonder if the line of developmentally normal rebellion has been crossed.  Determining whether or not a child’s behavior is cause for deeper investigation with a medical professional is never easy, but there are some signs that parents can watch for.

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Managing Your Child’s ADHD During the Summer

The school year has a certain rhythm that most families eventually fall into.  By and large, both parents and children know what to expect from each day with a consistent routine, and while the long, lazy days of summer hold a special appeal, they also mark a drastic shift in day-to-day life.  Determining how to navigate change can be difficult for many families, particularly those who have a child who has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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The Lasting Impact of Early Intervention for Autism

The general public has become increasingly aware of autism over the past few years.  Today, we know that as many as 1 in 68 newborns will eventually be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and as research continues to expand, so too does our understanding of how to best help these children.

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Social Media and Mental Health: What Parents Should Know

As children grow, so too do the concerns of parents, and as they enter the tween and teen years, you will likely look back fondly on the days when picky eating was your biggest worry.  Undoubtedly, the hormonal, emotional, and social hazards that can hang over the middle school and high school years are a far more slippery slope than potty training ever was.  Of course, today’s parents also have the added element of social media to contend with, a fact that only compounds frustration and can leave you feeling in the dark when it comes to your own child’s daily life.

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Childhood Anxiety vs ADHD: Knowing the Difference

Your child has trouble focusing in the classroom.  Their behavior is disruptive, with emotional outbursts occurring often, and they are inefficient at completing their tasks.  Their teacher may bring up the possibility of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or perhaps the possibility has already been lingering in your mind.  And, while it is certainly natural to grasp at a plausible explanation for difficult behavior, parents should also know that ADHD is not the only mental health condition hallmarked by these symptoms.

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Identifying Mental Health Disorders in Baton Rouge Children and Adolescents

Have you noticed a sudden shift in your child’s weight, sleeping pattern, behavior, or school performance? Has your child lost interest in friends or activities? Are they prone to frequent outbursts of anger or defiance?

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(VIDEO) How Important is Summer Downtime for Baton Rouge Children and Teens?

Another school year is ending. While your children and teens can’t wait for the freedom and relaxation of summer, you worry that a complete departure from routine will cause your child to forget what they learned and make returning to school in August all the more difficult.

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How to Help During Your Child's Panic Attack

Watching your child suffer from anxiety and irrational fear is one of the most difficult things to go through for a parent. In some cases, these apprehensions can become severe and culminate in a panic attack.

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Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Baton Rouge Children

Has your child or teen been experiencing trouble in school? Have they habitually appeared spiteful, vindictive, or irritable? They may exhibiting signs of Oppositional Defiant Disorder.

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